Access & Functional Needs

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​​In January 2008, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services established the Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN). The purpose of OAFN is to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency management systems. The OAFN offers guidance to emergency managers and planners, disability and older adult service systems for planning and responding during disasters and recovery. View more information on identifying people with access and functional needs.

According to the U.S. Census of 2010, approximately three million Californians over the age of five years have a disability. The OAFN goal is to strengthen the method and planning of emergency management for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

​​Lessons Learned

Lessons documented from the years of assisting individuals with diverse disabilities and older adults (hereinafter referred to as access and functional needs) in disasters show three areas that are repeatedly identified as most important.  They are:

The diversity of disability groups and its leadership, and established emergency management systems, brings natural confusion for both, as to who are the leaders to engage and how to make meaningful change in planning, systems and operations.  To learn more about lessons learned, please visit the National Council on Disability.

​AFN & The Great California Shakeout

Last year more than 9.6 million Californians participated in ShakeOut drills across the state. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. Keep in mind that people with access and functional needs may have additional steps to take when it comes to planning for, and reacting to, disasters like earthquakes. Watch this series of informative videos that will help you consider what you or your loved ones needs are, and how to plan, respond and recover.

To better support planning and training efforts that address people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, Cal OES developed a series of vignettes that demonstrate appropriate steps to take during an earthquake. These vignettes incorporate the key emergency considerations of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Vulnerable Populationshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/001-VulnerablePopulations.pdfVulnerable PopulationsAFN Historical Documents5/7/2015 5:49:37 PM
Supplemntal Guidance AFN Evac-Trans Masterhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/001- Final Draft- Supplemental Guidance AFN Evactuation and Transprotation final_04022015.docxSupplemntal Guidance AFN Evac-Trans MasterAFN Resources5/7/2015 5:48:35 PM
Access and Functional Needs Evacuation and Transportation Checklist http://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/001-AFN Evacuation and Transportation Checklist final 04022015.docxAccess and Functional Needs Evacuation and Transportation Checklist AFN Resources5/7/2015 6:02:04 PM
Guidance on Integrationhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/001-Guidance on Integration Final 6-09.docGuidance on IntegrationAFN Resources5/7/2015 5:47:59 PM
Template plan frameworkhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/001-Template Plan Framework final 04022015.docxTemplate plan frameworkAFN Resources5/7/2015 5:48:52 PM
Evacuee Support Planning Guidehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/Evacuee Support Planning Guide.pdfEvacuee Support Planning GuideAccess and Functional Needs Planning Guidance2/18/2015 4:38:52 PM
FEMA's State and Local Guidance (SLG) 101: Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning, Attachment F - Mass Carehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/FEMA Mass Care Guidance.pdfFEMA's State and Local Guidance (SLG) 101: Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning, Attachment F - Mass CareAccess and Functional Needs Planning Guidance2/18/2015 4:36:29 PM
Cal OES OFAN Guidance on Planning and Responding to the Need of People With Disabilites and Older Adults, August 2008http://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/Guidance on Integration.pdfCal OES OFAN Guidance on Planning and Responding to the Need of People With Disabilites and Older Adults, August 2008Access and Functional Needs Planning Guidance2/18/2015 4:33:35 PM
Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Sheltershttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters.pdfGuidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population SheltersAccess and Functional Needs Planning Guidance2/18/2015 4:37:58 PM
Cal OES Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable People in Times of Disasterhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/AccessFunctionalNeedsSite/Documents/Vulnerable Populations.pdfCal OES Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable People in Times of DisasterAccess and Functional Needs Planning Guidance2/18/2015 4:35:05 PM

​Access and Functional Needs Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

How can I make sure my organization is ready for individuals with Access and Functional Needs?How can I make sure my organization is ready for individuals with Access and Functional Needs?<p>​Cal OES has created the Access and Functional Needs Planning Toolkit, which can be viewed <a href="http://afntoolkit.nusura.com/default.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
What is Access and Functional Needs?What is Access and Functional Needs?<p>The purpose of the Office of Access and Functional Needs is to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency management systems.</p>
Why is Access and Functional Needs important to emergency managers?Why is Access and Functional Needs important to emergency managers?<p>​According to the U.S. Census of 2010, approximately three million Californians over the age of five years have a disability. The OAFN goal is to strengthen the method and planning of emergency management for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. </p>

 

 

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